Missouri Challenges Residents to #BuckleUpPhoneDown
Missouri Governor Michael Parson has officially proclaimed Oct. 19, 2018, to be Buckle Up Phone Down Day. Organized by the state's Department of Transportation and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, #BuckleUpPhoneDown (#BUPD) day is intended to be the first step to break driving habits that cause deadly motor vehicle crashes on the state's roadways. In messages over social media and through grassroots outreach, all of state's resident's are asked to accept the challenge, as well as challenge a friend, relative or members of the community.   The idea is simple, according to the Missouri Department of Tr...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ryan Kelley, NREMT Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Process for Rapidly Updating National EMS Scope of Practice Model
As part of an ongoing revision of the National EMS Scope of Practice Model, a group ofexperts convened by the National Association of State EMS Officials, with support from the NHTSA Office of EMS, recently developed and approved a process for quickly updating the Model. The description of the process is available on ems.gov.   The National EMS Scope of Practice Model was initially published in 2007 and provides guidance to states developing EMS scope of practice laws and regulati...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NHTSA Office of EMS Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

California's Prop 11: EMS Personnel Break Time Debate
  LOS ANGELES (CBS): When you need help and call 9-1-1 you expect paramedics will race to you right away with lights and sirens on, right? Well, there’s a major battle raging in the California courts, capital, and the November ballot box that could dramatically change things. One company has spent more than $20 million to support a state ballot measure that ensure EMTs and paramedics keep radios and pagers on during breaks so they can respond anytime. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CBS Los Angeles Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

The Agenda is Set ... Now What?
In September, Jon Krohmer, MD, FACEP, marked the end of his second year as director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS. His tenure has included major initiatives, such as EMS Agenda 2050 and a revision of the National EMS Model Scope of Practice, as well as continued efforts to support state and local EMS organizations battling the opioid crisis and addressing other public health issues.Krohmer has a long career in EMS, starting as an emergency physician and EMS medical director in Michigan. He served in national organizations, including a stint as president of the National Associat...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ryan Kelley, NREMT Tags: Exclusive Articles EMS Insider Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

N.J. EMS Council Receives $7,000 AT & T Contribution to Support Cadet Scholarships
SAYREVILLE, NJ – AT&T has contributed $7,000 to support the EMS Council of New Jersey’s (EMSCNJ) cadet scholarship program. The 89-year-old nonprofit New Jersey State First Aid Council, now doing business as the EMSCNJ, represents 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with 250+ EMS agencies throughout the Garden State. Today Althea Yancy, Regional Director, AT&T, presented EMSCNJ President Joseph G. Walsh, Jr. with a check, which will be used to expand the organization’s cadet scholarship program. “We distribute scholarships twice a year, as our budget allows,” Walsh said. “W...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMSCNJ and AT & T (Press Release) Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

California's Prop. 11: Ambulance Company has Spent Nearly $22M on Ballot Measure
This article was written by Eric Murphy. From 2013 to 2014, Eric Murphy was employed by AFSCME International. United EMS Workers is a subdivision of that union. It comes to JEMS from Mission Local, a San Francisco-area local, independent neighborhood news source.  (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Eric Murphy, Mission News Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Virginia Fire Department Searches for Backup EMS Provider
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WSLS 10) - Martinsville continues search for backup EMS provider.  In the time being, the city's part-time firefighters will help cover medical calls.   (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WSLS 10 Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Global EMS Community Looks to NAEMSP for Medical Director Training
OVERLAND PARK, KS – The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) has been invited to provide international medical director training at DevelopingEM 2018. EMS medical directors from across the United States will teach the NAEMSP International Medical Directors Overview Course on December 2, 2018. The one-day pre-conference workshop will focus on enhancing physicians’ expertise in real-world EMS issues. DevelopingEM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the practical delivery of emergency medicine and critical care education. Its 2018 conference will take place December 3-6 in Fiji, where it will spons...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NAEMSP (press release) Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Disruption Is on the Horizon, Are You Ready?
As I sit back and attempt to watch our industry from afar, so that I can strategize to anticipate the next “big thing” in EMS, I find myself peering into tumultuous seas ahead. With the only consistency in healthcare, technology, society, finance and the economy being that of rapid fire and unpredictable change, the analogy often spoken of when I ask my peers how things are going and about their future is that they’re all drinking from fire hoses. Although the thought of that concept initially brings me back to my childhood, when drinking from a garden hose was OK and a favorite summer pastime, clearly at...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jonathan D. Washko, MBA, NRP, AEMD Tags: Columns Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Incoming President of AAA Lays Out Vision of Cooperation and Inclusion
It is my honor to serve as the new president of the American Ambulance Association. I wanted to share with you a bit about my vision for our association over these next two years. Choices & Challenges As I prepared to take office, I spent a lot of time thinking deeply about where we've come, where we are, and where we're going. It occurs to me that the next two years will likely be about choices: We can choose to be an association that is the nation’s voice for ambulances services; or we can choose not to. We can choose to stand tall in the face of adversity; or we can choose not to. We can choose to work even ha...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Aarron Reinert, MA, NRP Tags: Columns News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Fire Dept. in No. Kentucky Can't Staff Own Ambulance; Requires Help from Neighboring Depts.
  MORNING VIEW, Ky. -- The Kenton Fire District's ambulance hasn't left the garage since late June.  It isn't broken. The department simply can't afford to pay the two qualified emergency medical technicians required by state law to deploy it. Until the Morning View-based fire department finds either more money or EMTs willing to work on a strictly volunteer basis, fellow fire departments from Independence, Fiskburg and Ryland Heights  -- each at least 15 minutes away -- will take over ambulance duties. Read more at WCPO. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kristen Swilley (WCPO) Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Mistake at Raleigh 911 Center Cost 15 Minutes in Sending Ambulance to Dying Man
  RALEIGH, N.C. — A Wake County EMS ambulance wasn't dispatched for 15 minutes following a 911 call in April as a man lay dying in a car dealership parking lot after suffering a heart attack, according to 911 calls and other emergency dispatch information obtained by WRAL News. James Pasternak called the Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Center at 7:57 a.m. on April 5 as he rushed his father-in-law, 63-year-old Steven Tibbetts, a retired Wake County magistrate, to a hospital after Tibbetts became unresponsive. "I’m driving in a car with my father-in-law. He has a pacemaker, and he is not – h...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Amanda Lamb (WRAL reporter) Tags: News News Videos Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Vegas Hockey Team Helps Honor First Responders for Shooting Response
  Twenty-one Community Ambulance employees who were on scene when gunfire erupted at the Route 91 Harvest festival were honored in Henderson Monday morning. As their names were called for to collect his or her Medal of Valor, they shook hands with several members of the Vegas Golden Knights, including Jonathan Marchessault, Nate Schmidt and Max Pacioretty. Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Blake Apgar, Las Vegas Review-Journal Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Scary Story
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Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Paul Combs Tags: Administration and Leadership Comics Source Type: news

Paramedics and Cop Charged in Death of Man at Detroit-area Jail
DETROIT (AP) — A police officer and two paramedics failed to help a man who was convulsing for more than an hour and eventually died from cocaine toxicity at a Detroit-area jail, a prosecutor said Monday as she filed involuntary manslaughter charges against the trio. William Marshall was in custody for drug possession when he died in the Westland police lock-up in December. Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said a state police investigation showed an "inexcusable and criminal disregard for human life from those who have a duty to serve him, protect him and render aid." She said video of the incident was a ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ed White, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Hall Ambulance Receives Accolades from the California Ambulance Association
Hall Ambulance’s founder and two Company programs received statewide recognition by the California Ambulance Association (CAA) during its 70th Annual Convention this week at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Resort. On behalf of the CAA’s Board of Directors, Ross Elliott, executive director, posthumously conferred Emeritus Recognition upon Harvey L. Hall for his distinctive service to the science & art of ambulance services. Considered a pioneer of modern EMS in California, Hall dedicated 58 of his 77 years of life to professionalizing the ambulance industry, in part, through his involvement in the CAA, which re...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Hall Ambulance Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Florida EMT fired and Paramedics Suspended for Failing to Follow Protocol Resulting in Death of a Patient
  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFTS) -- Hillsborough County Officials have issued disciplinary actions against four Fire Rescue personnel involved in an incident that resulted in the death of a new mother. An internal investigation of the July 4 incident revealed that "the four Fire Rescue personnel failed to perform their duties as Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Standard Operating Procedures were violated. The four employees were provided a number of opportunities to respond including written statements, questioning and pre-disciplinary hearing process," county officials said in a press release Wednesday. Th...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 27, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Various Sources Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

State Investigating Washington Firefighters Training on Dead Body
BELLINGHAM, Washington (KIRO) - The state health department is now investigating after firefighters in Bellingham did an intubation procedure on a dead patient for their own training. Washington Firefighters Misuse Funeral Home Body for Intubation Training An investigative report by the city found 11 employees attempted to intubate the body 15 times on the floor of a fire station. When a nursing home patient died in a Bellingham medic unit this summer, firefighters brought his body to a fire station when the hospital didn't accept it. According to a city investigation obtained by KIRO 7, when the funeral home reported it w...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 27, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

More Than 2,700 Attendees Show They Will 'Never Forget' at Sixth Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
Firefighters, their families, friends and community members from across the nation gathered at historic Lambeau Field on Saturday, September 22nd to participate in the sixth annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. More than 2,700 participants promised to “never forget” by honoring and remembering the 343 New York firefighters who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. This year’s event raised more than $135,000 with all proceeds benefitting the NFFF and has again been recognized as one of the largest stair climbs in the nation. “Each year, the Green Bay Metro Fire Department forms a team and we encourage...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

EMS Agenda 2050: A Keynote Speaker ’s Report from Washington, DC
It was my great pleasure to be in Washington, DC, last week as a guest of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT)/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). I was invited to attend—and be the keynote speaker during—the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agenda 2050 National Implementation Forum. The forum was held in the DOT’s impressive 2.1 million square-foot headquarters complex within the historic Washington Navy Yard. It often surprises people in and out of emergency services to learn that the DOT has a long history of leadership in the development andadvancement of EMS across...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: William K. Atkinson, PhD, MPH, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Washington Firefighters Misuse Funeral Home Body for Intubation Training
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (KOMO) – Mayor Kelli Linville said a training exercise went horribly wrong for a group of city firefighters when they mishandled a body. Crews set out to practice their intubation skills, but the fire chief called their actions unprecedented and wrong. When firefighters race to a call they have to be ready for so many situations - including helping unconscious patients to breathe. However, Bellingham Fire Chief Bill Newbold said the preparations staff took at Fire Station 1 crossed the line. “I believe that this ended up to be completely misguided," Newbold said. In July, a body was broug...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Wisconsin Paramedic, EMT Shortage
GRAFTON (FOX6NOW) - In emergency situations, we count on paramedics and EMTs, and fire departments in Wisconsin and across the country are in dire need of volunteers. "It's a problem all over metro Milwaukee, all over the state and all over the country," said Grafton Fire Chief William Rice. Rice said his fire department is dealing with a major issue.   (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: FOX6NOW Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Arkansas EMT Remembered for Life of Love and Service
  LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Fox16) -- An Air Force Veteran turned first responder died in a car accident earlier this week. Justin Lambert, 30, leaves behind a wife, baby girl who turns one in October and a band of brothers. "Like our moral compass, he was the gravity that held us all together." Phillips said. A strong bond Justin and Cheyenne Phillips had for 15 years. "He was just that guy that made everybody better just for even knowing him," Phillips said. After leaving the Air Force, Justin became EMT certified and began working for both MEMS and LifeNet this summer. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Rebecca Jeffrey (Fox16) Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Sutton Ambulance Service to Close in Central Illinois
  TAYLORVILLE (WRSP) — The city of Taylorville is scrambling to figure out what’s next after the decades-old ambulance company announced it was closing. Sutton Ambulance Service has been the city’s main source for first responders for 49 years. Their last day of operation is October 1. Read more at WRSP. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Cymphanie Sherman, Fox Illinois (WRSD) Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Trinity EMS Paramedic Receives ALS Provider of the Year
NorthEast EMS Region III held their annual dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, September 20th. The packed event was held in the ballroom at Haverhill Country Club.   Trinity EMS long-time Paramedic, Steven Miller, was nominated by a group of ER nurses from Holy Family Hospital. Steve, a Haverhill, MA resident, was surrounded by family and friends when he was awarded the "ALS Provider of the Year". “Trinity is so proud and honored to have such wonderfully talented people working with and for our organization”, said Trinity President John Chemaly. “Each and every day they our employees ge...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Trinity EMS (press release) Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

The Marriage
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Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Paul Combs Tags: Comics Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

It ’s Time to Train and Equip EMS Personnel to Respond to Active Threats
Over the past decade we’ve focused a great deal on attention to educating and equipping our law enforcement officers with individual first aid kits (IFAKs). We’ve not only equipped our officers with at least one commercially produced tourniquet and hemostatic dressings, but also trained them to manage severe extremity and junctional bleeding. Although much of the focus has been on law enforcement embracing the self-aid buddy aid (SABA) philosophy, many agencies have overlooked providing the same equipment and training to our EMS and fire department first responders. One reason behind this oversight may be a fla...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mark E.A. Escott, MD, MPH, FACEP, NRP Tags: Training Columns Terrorism & Active Shooter Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

A Change of Heart: Perspectives on Patient Care and Technology
Bryon Moore has had a rich and varied career in EMS. He became an EMT in 1979 and received paramedic training at the fabled UCLA Daniel Freeman School for Paramedicine in 1982. He went on to be a paramedic in several systems before becoming the Northern California Clinical Coordinator for American Medical Response (AMR). Bryon then was attracted to helping develop and bring new resuscitation technology to market, working for a variety of medical device companies and launching new products globally. He’s currently VP of EMS Market Development for Defibtech, a company owned by Nihon Kohden, a leading medical devic...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: EMS Insider Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Program in New York Aims to Ease EMT Shortage Resulting from Replacing State Certification with National
  PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) When you need them-- you need them in seconds. "People don't call 911 because they are having great days. They call 911 at some of the lowest points in their life," said Bryse Taylor, a paramedic student. "Basically it's like bringing the emergency department to the patient now, rather than picking up the patient and running them to the emergency department," said Bruce Barry, the paramedic program director. It's alarming when you hear that there are only 113 paramedics serving five counties across the North Country-- that's over 6,500-square miles responsibl...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kelly O'Brien (WCAX) Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Paramedic Chiefs of Canada Release Position Statement on Violence to Paramedics
Paramedics face staggering rates of physical violence, threats and intimidation when they arrive on scene. For years, it was considered just part of the job. As post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and injury rates rise, the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada are sending the message: violence to Paramedics will not be tolerated. The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC) position statement outlines the situation, provides an assessment and statistics, and recommendations to deal with the serious issue of violence to Paramedics. Violence against Paramedics is unacceptable. The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC) supports a zero tolerance p...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Paramedic Chiefs of Canada Tags: News Administration and Leadership Press Releases Source Type: news

PatientCare Acquires LifeCare EMS in Mississippi
TYLER, Texas (Sept. 14, 2018) – PatientCare Logistics Solutions, a leading provider of ground-based 911 emergency ambulance and other critical healthcare logistics services, today acquired LifeCare EMS, which serves six counties in Mississippi. PatientCare will operate under the name LifeCare EMS in the greater Carthage, Mississippi area, which includes Leake, Winston, Newton, Scott, Noxubee and Kemper counties. Lifecare EMS will continue to provide uninterrupted 911 and non-emergency ambulance service with advanced life support (ALS) and basic life ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: PatientCare Logistics Solutions Tags: Administration and Leadership Press Releases Industry News Source Type: news

AMR Activates National Command Center and Deploys Emergency Response Teams for Hurricane Florence
DALLAS, Texas — American Medical Response (AMR) has activated its National Command Center (NATCOM) in Dallas, deployed hundreds of paramedics and EMTs, and sent ambulances, aircraft and rotor wing craft in response to the federal government’s request for EMS deployment for Hurricane Florence. As the nation’s largest provider of medical transportation and FEMA's prime emergency medical service response provider, AMR has a national agreement with FEMA to provide ground ambulance, air ambulance, paratransit services and non-ambulance EMS personnel to supplement the Federal and Military response to a disaster...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: American Medical Response Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Shines Spotlight on Cancer in the Fire Service
The deadly truth about cancer in the fire service will be front and center September 15 as fire fighters and paramedics from across the United States and Canada join grieving families at the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.   The names of 271 fire fighters who have died in the line of duty from trauma or occupational illness will be etched on to the granite Wall of Honor. The risk of traumatic death in the fire scene has declined over the years – in large part due to the International Association of Fire Fighters’...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

EMT and Paramedics Sing the National Anthem at Denver Broncos Home Opener
  (Denver, CO) — A trio from American Medical Response’s National Honor Guard sang the National Anthem at the Denver Broncos regular season home opener on Sunday, September 9 at Broncos Stadium. Dozens of first responders were honored as the American flag was unfurled on the field during the National Anthem. The trio was made up of Derek Gray (paramedic, AMR Riverside CA), Cody Poole (EMT, AMR Colorado Springs, CO) and Colleen Tomsik (paramedic, AMR Colorado Springs, CO), who were selected out of dozens of entries. They began singing together just a few months ago at the National EMS Memorial Service in Wa...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Handling Drug Diversion in the Workplace
Doug Hooten, CEO of MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth, Texas, and Matt Zavadsky, the Chief Strategic Integration Officer at MedStar gave a compelling presentation on drug diversion at the annual meeting of the American Ambulance Association (AAA) on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at the MGM Grand Hotel Conference Center in Las Vegas. They opened with a sobering point for administrators: if you don’t have a drug diversion/misuse issue in your agency, it’s only because you’re not looking for it. Ensuring a safe environment for your employees (and your patients) should be the primary goal of any ambulance ag...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

State of Nevada Selects ImageTrend for Connected Health Records
LAKEVILLE, MINN. [September 10, 2018] - ImageTrend, Inc. announced the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has selected ImageTrend for multiple solutions for the state’s health information technology. The interconnected software will provide documentation and reporting for EMS, licensure of EMS care providers and healthcare data interoperability among hospitals, healthcare registries, EMS and HIEs. Karen Beckley, Bureau of Health Protection and Preparedness Chief said, “The new contract between the Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Emergency Medical Services Program and ImageTrend will fac...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Steve Wirth's Documentation Tips for Improved Patient Care Reports
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Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Slideshow Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Top 10 Documentation Mistakes Ambulance Providers Make – and Supervisors Overlook
Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P, one of the nation’s leading EMS attorneys and a founding partner of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, gave a very dynamic presentation on improving documentation at the annual meeting of the American Ambulance Assocation (AAA) on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at the MGM Grand Hotel Conference Center in Las Vegas. Wirth carefully dissected the documentation process to show how quality patient care reports (PCRs) support the clinical, operational, and reimbursement aspects of your ambulance operation. He illustrated how some services can’t bring these three elements together and are on a continuous...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: Exclusive Articles Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Source Type: news

An Update on EMS Medication Shortages
Medication shortages that affect EMS, although declining over the last eight years, have become persistent. The supply of staple drugs that are frequently used by EMS remains chronically unstable. Atropine, epinephrine, lidocaine, dextrose, fentanyl, diazepam and others reappear with frequency on the drug shortage lists around the country. Most recently, the national inventory of IV infusion bags of sodium chloride (i.e., normal saline solution) and dextrose 5%, have been affected. There are several reasons we experience these shortages. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has researched the causes of drug...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE Tags: Columns Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

AMR Honor Guard to Sing National Anthem Before Broncos Game
(Denver, CO) — A trio from American Medical Response’s National Honor Guard has been selected to sing the National Anthem at the Denver Broncos regular season home opener on Sunday, September 9 at Broncos Stadium. Dozens of first responders will be honored as they unfurl the American flag on the field during the National Anthem. The trio made up of Derek Gray (paramedic, AMR Riverside CA), Cody Poole (EMT, AMR Colorado Springs, CO) and Colleen Tomsik (paramedic, AMR Colorado Springs, CO) were selected out of dozens of entries. They began singing together just a few months ago at the National EMS Memorial Servic...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: AMR press release Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

The 2018 AAA Awards & AMBY Awards
On Friday, September 7, during the American Ambulance Association annual conference and trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, several individuals and organizations were recognized for their contributions to the EMS industry. The awards were streamed live on Facebook, and you can watch the complete ceremony below. 2018 AMBY Awards The AMBYs highlight excellence in EMS and the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit that epitomize AAA members. The mission of the awards is to showcase creativity and innovation in the ambulance industry by fostering a culture of collaboration, cooperation and a passion for excellence in patient care....
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: EMS Insider Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

AAA Annual Conference: Report from Day One
American Ambulance Association (AAA) President Mark Postma opened the 2018 AAA Conference and Trade Show on Thursday, Sept 6, at the MGM Grand Hotel Conference Center in Las Vegas. AAA's conference is a place for key leaders in the private ambulance industry to connect, discuss challenges and learn from others’ experiences. 'Re-Imagining Your Organization' Postma introduced Keynote Speaker Rob Lawrence, California Chief Operating Officer for Patient Care Logistics Solutions, previously known as Paramedics Plus. Lawrence started his presentation, “Re-Imagining Your Organization”, noting that today soc...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: EMS Insider Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Video: Colorado Reporter Arrested; Police Cite HIPAA Violation
DENVER (Colorado Independent) - Police body camera footage released today shows two Denver officers told The Colorado Independent’s editor, Susan Greene, to “act like a lady” as they handcuffed and detained her in July for attempting to photograph them as they responded to a call on a public sidewalk. Greene was driving along East Colfax Avenue near the Colorado State Capitol building on the afternoon of July 5 when, by her account, she noticed Denver police surrounding a nearly naked African American man sitting handcuffed on the sidewalk, and stopped to see what was happening. (The man was later taken t...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Report: Communications Overwhelmed in Las Vegas Mass Shooting
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Communications were snarled and police, fire and medical responders were overwhelmed by 911 calls, false reports and the number of victims during the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, according to a report released Monday by U.S. and local authorities. The report by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Clark County Fire Department and Las Vegas police provided an overview of first responders' actions on Oct. 1 and ways authorities can improve. 1 October After-Action Report [Las Vegas Shooting] (2MB pdf) "It's almost impossible to jump hundreds of responders into an ongoing ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Terrorism & Active Shooter Mass Casualty Incidents Communications Dispatch Source Type: news

Verizon Makes Changes as Lawmakers Decry Firefighters' Woes
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A nationwide telecommunications company rolled out changes Friday as state lawmakers said they were outraged to learn that Verizon slowed Northern California firefighters' internet service while they battled what became the state's largest-ever wildfire. Verizon said it removed all speed cap restrictions for emergency workers fighting wildfires on the West Coast and for those in Hawaii, where emergency crews were rescuing people Friday from areas flooded by Hurricane Lane. The company promised to lift restrictions on public safety customers and provide full network access when other disaster...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: DON THOMPSON, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Lawsuit Claims Firefighters' Internet Slowed During Wildfire
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California fire department said a telecommunications company slowed its internet communications at a crucial command center set up to help fight one of the state's largest wildfires. KQED radio reported Wednesday that Verizon acknowledged it wrongly limited data speed to the Santa Clara County Fire Department while firefighters helped battle the state's largest-ever wildfire in Mendocino County three weeks ago.   The county had reached its monthly data capacity under its internet plan that allows Verizon to significantly slow service. The county first disclosed the issue i...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News News Videos Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Kentucky's EMS Workers Burnt Out Amidst Shortage of EMTs and Paramedics
  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Courier-Journal)--It was Christmas Eve 1994. An elderly woman was sitting at her kitchen table, struggling to breathe. Paramedic David Wilson kneeled in front of her and began taking vital signs. Two feet away, her husband reached into the kitchen drawer, pulled out a .45-caliber handgun and pointed it at the back of Wilson's head. Taken aback, Wilson tried to explain why he was there. “Your son called us," he remembers telling the man, his own life now possibly hanging in the balance. "We’re here to help your wife.” The man had dementia. Wilson's partner intervened and p...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Supriya Sridhar, Courier Journal Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Leading Transformations: Lessons Learned from Academic Medical Center CEOs
Discussion Building your team around a shared vision requires a willingness to engage in dialogue, to listen, and to understand. A vision for the future requires that it’s known and understood by all. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 22, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: William J. Leggio, EdD, NRP Tags: Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

UK Group Warns of Drug Shortage Post Brexit
LONDON (AP) — A group that represents U.K. hospitals and ambulance services has warned that its members may run out of drugs if Britain leaves the European Union without an agreement on future relations. In a letter published Tuesday, NHS Providers said a lack of "visible and appropriate communication" from the government is hampering preparations for a so-called no-deal Brexit. In a letter to National Health Service bosses that was leaked to the Times of London, the group's chief executive said it would be more efficient to develop contingency plans nationally rather than "have to reinvent the wheel 2...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press Tags: News International Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Drug Czar Visits Connecticut after Over 100 Overdoses
New Haven, Connecticut, became what officials called "ground zero" Monday for efforts to shine a light on the dangers of drugs, as President Donald Trump's nominee for drug czar visited a city reeling from more than 100 recent overdoses on synthetic marijuana. Jim Carroll met with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Mayor Toni Harp and first responders to discuss the overdoses, as well as the country's opioid crisis. Connecticut officials are setting a national example for getting people into treatment for drug addiction, Carroll said, and he praised local paramedics, police and firefighters for ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news